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[10/17/2017] Kazuhisa Makita to tell Lions about his interest in the Major

Thirty-two-year-old Kazuhisa Makita is planning to formally tell the Seibu Lions about his interest in playing in the Majors. He also has a domestic free agent option that he earned in August. He wants to discuss his options with the Lions and will consider everything: staying, asking to be posted, exercising his option.

Source: Sponichi 10/17/2017, Sanspo 10/17/2017, Daily Sports 10/17/2017, Sports Hochi 10/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/17/2017, Tokyo Sports 10/17/2017

[UPDATE 10/19 @ 6:16pm]

Makita will not earn his international free agent option until some time in 2019. If he wants to go to the Majors before then, the only way will be through the posting system. The Lions could decide to post him if Makita counters by saying he will exercise his domestic option. If he does exercise the option, the Yomiuri Giants might be interested.

Source: ZakZak 10/19/2017

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[10/17/2017] Seibu Lions will most likely offer contracts to Wolfe, Schlitter

The Seibu Lions are planning to offer thirty-six-year-old Brian Wolfe and thirty-one-year-old Brian Schlitter contracts for the 2018 season. Wolfe won nine games this year and Schlitter pitched in sixty-four games and recorded thirty-two holds.

Schlitter returned to the United States out of Narita Airport on October 17.

Thirty-one-year-old Ernesto Mejia will be in the second year of a three-year contract next year. The Lions will most likely part ways with thirty-one-year-old Stephen Fife and twenty-seven-year-old Frank Garces.

Source: Sponichi 10/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/17/2017

[UPDATE 10/18 @ 9:15pm]

The Lions announced that they placed Garces and Fife on waivers.

Source: Seibu 10/18/2017

[UPDATE 10/19 @ 1:22am]

Wolfe left for the United States out of Narita Airport on October 18.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2017

[UPDATE 10/19 @ 6:04pm]

Mejia left for the United States out of Narita Airport on October 18.

Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2017

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[10/16/2017] Rakuten advances to Final Stage with 5-2 win over Seibu

The Rakuten Eagles beat the Seibu Lions tonight, 5-2, and will advance to the Final Stage of the Climax Series for the first time since 2013.

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[Climax Series] Rakuten Eagles 5 – Seibu Lions 2 (October 16, 2017)

Rakuten Eagles vs Seibu Lions @ MetLife Dome – 18:00
Starters: Mima, Manabu (RAK) 11-8, 3.26 – Nogami, Ryoma (SEI) 11-10, 3.62

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Rakuten 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 5 7 1
Seibu 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 6 1

Attendance: 31755 | Time: 3h26m

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[Climax Series] Rakuten Eagles 4 – Seibu Lions 1 (October 15, 2017)

Rakuten Eagles vs Seibu Lions @ MetLife Dome – 13:00
Starters: Kishi, Takayuki (RAK) 8-10, 2.76 – Togame, Ken (SEI) 8-7, 3.40

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Rakuten 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 9 0
Seibu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 0

Attendance: 32508 | Time: 3h12m

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[10/14/2017] Tatsuyuki Uemoto will be retiring

Masayo Uemoto posted an announcement on her blog that her husband, Tatsuyuki Uemoto, was going to retire after a fifteen-year career. She was not sure if it was her place to make the announcement at her blog, but also wanted the opportunity to thank people she met through her husband for their support.

Source: Masayo Uemoto blog post, Sports Hochi 10/14/2017

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[Climax Series] Rakuten Eagles 0 – Seibu Lions 10 (October 14, 2017)

Rakuten Eagles vs Seibu Lions @ MetLife Dome – 13:00
Starters: Norimoto, Takahiro (RAK) 15-7, 2.57 – Kikuchi, Yusei (SEI) 16-6, 1.97

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Rakuten 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Seibu 2 0 5 0 0 3 0 0 X 10 12 1

Attendance: 32547 | Time: 3h0m

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[10/12/2017] Seibu Lions: Final Stage Public Viewing

The Seibu Lions announced today that if they make the Final Stage of the Climax Series, they will hold a public viewing at MetLife Dome. Admission will be free.

Source: Seibu 10/12/2017

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[10/11/2017] Ernesto Mejia misses practices with cold

Ernesto Mejia missed two days of practice (October 9 and 10) because he was not feeling well. Hatsuhiko Tsuji told reporters he might not be able to use Mejia in the starting line-up for the Climax Series.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/11/2017

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2017 Phoenix League Seibu Lions

Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
P 15 大石 達也 Oishi, Tatsuya
P 19 豊田 拓矢 Toyoda, Takuya
P 22 中塚 駿太 Nakatsuka, Shunta
P 26 川越 誠司 Kawagoe, Seiji
P 28 藤原 良平 Fujiwara, Ryohei
P 29 小石 博孝 Koishi, Hirotaka
P 36 南川 忠亮 Minamikawa, Tadasuke
P 40 田村 伊知郎 Tamura, Ichiro
P 41 Aiuchi, Makoto
P 45 本田 圭佑 Honda, Keisuke
P 57 國場 翼 Kokuba, Tsubasa
P 59 ガルセス Garces, Frank
P 66 松本 直晃 Matsumoto, Naoaki
P 67 藤田 航生 Fujita, Koki
P 69 ファイフ Fife, Stephen
C 62 駒月 仁人 Komazuki, Hitoto
C 64 中田 祥多 Nakata, Shota
C 78 藤澤 亨明 Fujisawa, Komei
INF 39 呉 念庭 Wu, Nien-Ting
INF 52 山田 遥楓 Yamada, Haruka
INF 56 金子 一輝 Kaneko, Kazuki
OF 58 熊代 聖人 Kumashiro, Masato
OF 61 田代 将太郎 Tashiro, Shotaro
OF 71 戸川 大輔 Togawa, Daisuke

Source: Seibu 10/6/2017

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